It is always amazing how quickly our annual pilgrimage to Lourdes comes to a close. One moment we were celebrating Mass at the Grotto this morning and, seemingly, the next we were lighting our diocesan candle as our farewell to this place of mirac...Read more
Today persecuted Christians and the martyrs of the Church took the central place in our prayers, especially during the International Mass which we celebrate as one family with fellow pilgrims from every part of the world. In his message today, Car...Read more
Blessed are the poor in spirit. That's the theme in Lourdes this year and it was very much our theme on the third day of the pilgrimage.
The sunrise over the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception this morning heralded another beautiful day, but...Read more
The second day of the pilgrimage 'has been very much a packed day of prayer, praise and petition,' as Bishop Nicholas Hudson tells us in his video message:
This morning many of us were still elated from yesterday evening's Torchlight Proc...Read more
It's the first day of our pilgrimage, and what an eventful day it has been so far! Bishop John Sherrington shares a reflection on why we are here in Lourdes and how we must look to the malades who share Christ's suffering.
For many pilgrims, ...Read more
We began our seventh and last full day of our 2018 Holy Land pilgrimage with a short coach journey to the Church of the Our Father on the Mount of Olives. This is the site marking where the Lord Jesus taught his disciples to pray.
On Day 6 of our pilgrimage we awoke to a beautiful day in Jerusalem. We are staying at the Knights’ Palace Hotel in the Christian Quarter of the Old City. We set off early to walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of the crucifixion,...Read more
Day 5 began in Bethlehem with a visit to the Church of the Milk Grotto for Mass. This is a short walk from Manger Square and marks the site where, according to tradition, Our Lady nursed the child Jesus on the way to Egypt. We recalled Mary’...Read more
On Day 4 of our pilgrimage, the Solemnity of Christ the King, we set off early to travel from Bethlehem to join a parish in Ramallah for Sunday Mass. Passing though Israeli and Palestinian checkpoints brought home the reality of life in the Holy L...Read more
Day three of our pilgrimage began with a trip to the Church of the Nativity in Manger Square, Bethlehem. We entered through the small doorway, a reminder to humble ourselves in the presence of the Lord. Passing through the beautifully ornate upper...Read more
We began the second day of our Holy Land pilgrimage after a tremendous thunder and lightening storm during the night on the Sea of Galilee.
Our first visit today was to the Mount of the Transfiguration, the site which commemorates Jesus taking Pe...Read more
Today was the first day of the 2018 Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We are 57 pilgrims in total and we had a good flight and coach journey to our hotel. We are staying beside the Sea of Galilee and travelled to the Mount of the B...Read more
Joy, tears and healing were the three words Cardinal Vincent used to describe our 2018 pilgrimage to Lourdes, as we brought our week to an end with a busy day.
The pilgrims gathered for three events on the fifth and final day, starting with mas...Read more
If day four of our pilgrimage to Lourdes taught us one thing, it is that we in the Church are part of something universal, and the International Mass which we attended was a demonstration that this faith in Jesus coming to us reaches every place.
That was the theme of Bishop Paul McAleenan’s homily and the perhaps the most resounding emotion on the third day of our Lourdes pilgrimage.
We started the day with our Anointing of the Sick service for the pilgrims which on pap...Read more
Mass celebrated in the glorious sun, a penitential service for over 400 people and our diocese leading the torchlight procession has meant our second day of the Lourdes Pilgrimage has been both beautiful and moving.
We started the day in front ...Read more